I think it’s quite normal for a second pregnancy bump to be huge. I am huge. I feel huge. I think I look huge. In comparison to when I was expecting Bambina, I swear it looks like I’m carrying a football team!
A few weeks back I had to see my consultant about making a decision between a natural (give me drugs!) vaginal birth or another c-section.
Bambina was twelve days late so I was induced. Three times. It didn’t work. Eventually my waters were broken and although I had been having contractions, nothing else happened. The Italian almost electrocuted me from playing with the knobs on the TENS machine but nothing else happened. After twenty hours, I had dilated two centimetres. After a further six hours I had dilated an extra centimetre and retracted to two again. I also had an allergic reaction to the epidural.
I was insistent I didn’t want an epidural, or pethadine, or a c-section. I had all of it. I was exhausted. I don’t recall the c-section that well, except for my legs convulsing so much that they had to strapped to the table. I don’t recall seeing Bambina that well for the first time. I just remember a blurry image of white, whether that was the towel she was wrapped in or her still covered in mucus, I don’t know.
I don’t want that experience this time around. Bambina was stuck in the birth canal as she was so huge, 10lb 4oz. The consultant thinks that this baby could be bigger given the size of me now at 29 weeks.
So, I was offered a helping hand or the chance to go it alone. If your hand is willing to help me, I’m ready to bite it off! C-section it is.
I’ve just had a GTT (Glucose Tolerance Test) to measure the amount of sugar in the blood. This is not just for determining pregnancy related diabetes but can also be a guide as to why some mothers deliver whopping babies. My gut feeling is that my glucose is absolutely dandy. If you saw the Italian and his father, they’re not exactly small framed people so I think that any baby that I have will be on the large-boned side of big. Nevertheless, I did the test and we’ll see what happens.
As I’m now on countdown with only 10 weeks to go, I’m actually looking forward to the c-section this time. I know the date, I know the plan, I know I won’t be in pain (ish).
I know that my big baby will arrive in to the world, happy, healthy and huge!
The countdown begins… !
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